(#376) The Lesson of the Bunny and the Deer

We can walk a pathway and never see it at all.

Walking along a street in Boulder, Colorado last week, I almost missed the bunny rabbit sitting three feet in front of me.

The same happened a few days later when we passed a wild deer munching on grass behind the University of Colorado practice football field alongside the Boulder Creek.

Each time, I was following the path. And each time I almost missed the journey.

Thomas Cleary in No Barrier: Unlocking the Zen Koan, shares two simple yet eloquent truisms about life.

Just reading a map is not making the journey,
but without reading the map there is no direction.”


“Those in a hurry do not arrive.”

There can be a lot of distractions along the daily paths we trod.  We can become so caught up in the external and/or internal distractions that we miss the signs and beauty right in front, beside, behind, above, or beneath us. Like the bunny and the deer. Or a beautiful sunrise.

We can be consumed by habit, patterns of thought, routines, and perseveration that we miss signs and guideposts. Yes, we need to read the map but just because we read it does not a journey make.

We can walk a pathway and never see it at all.

Video Recommendation for the Week:

Close your eyes and envision nature.

Make it an inspiring week and H.T.R.B. as needed.

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5 Responses to (#376) The Lesson of the Bunny and the Deer

  1. Mimi Folk says:

    Lovely images! Point eloquently made. Thanks for today’s gift! (always view your blogs that way!)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hi Steve,

    I hope you’re doing wonderfully! Today’s message was much needed, thank you for taking the time to compile it!

    Pam Watkins
    (Former Career Advisor at FSCJ)

    “Things do not go wrong and break your heart so that you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all you were intended to be.” -Charles Jones

    Liked by 1 person

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